Five Minute Friday: Potential

It’s good to be back to the Five Minute Friday challenge.  Last weekend we got away for a little R & R.  We’re still trying to recoup from a busy summer.

Linking up with Kate Motaung and the Five Minute Friday community.

This week’s word prompt is potential.

I don’t think we should be telling kids that they can grow up to be whatever they want to be.

The truth is: they can’t.

Some don’t have the physical capabilities to be an Olympic athlete.

Some don’t have the metal capabilities to be a rocket scientist.

Isn’t it a disservice to tell kids to dream big and watch them shoot for a future that is unrealistic?

On the other hand, there’s no accounting for grit and determination.

People have accomplished a lot of things that are unrealistic.

But, I think we should shoot straight with kids and let them know that they are wired for great potential in some areas, but not every area.

Not every dream they can dream for their life should be pursued.


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8 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Potential

    1. Beth Post author

      Right, Andrew. And at some point in life, you realized the singing career was for someone else while you concentrated on writing.

  1. Jae

    “I don’t think we should be telling kids that they can grow up to be whatever they want to be. The truth is: they can’t.”

    I like this very much. I think too much pressure in the idea of being whatever one wants to be. It seems to translate into them having to be everything, and that’s exhausting and stressful. It’s not enough to be good at a handful of things, now they have to be experts at absolutely everything, and it sets people up for failure and despair. Thanks for the timely reminder that not every dream should be pursued. We have to curate.

  2. Lesley

    It’s a hard balance to get, but I agree! Of course we want to encourage them to follow their dreams and reach their potential, but it’s just not true that we can be anything we want to be and it is important to be realistic as well.

    1. Beth Post author

      Right. I do believe in encouraging dreams, but kids need some (non-parent) evaluations about their strengths and weaknesses.


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